This ‘balance’ is bunk

This 'balance' is bunk "Balanced" is the Yukon Party government's "message word"- the word you'll remember after they stop talking. "Balance" needs the right scale. Kluane National Park is a large area that may not look balanced from a resource extracti

“Balanced” is the Yukon Party government’s “message word” – the word you’ll remember after they stop talking.

“Balance” needs the right scale. Kluane National Park is a large area that may not look balanced from a resource extraction perspective. But if we look from the International Space Station, we can see all of Canada and the distribution of development and nature by our national parks. At that scale, Kluane Park looks balanced.

The Dawson gold fields are a large area blanketed by mining and crisscrossed resource roads with creeks ripped up and mined. Is that balanced land use? Step back and look at the Yukon as a whole and the intensive industrialization looks balanced.

Many believe the Peel scale is bigger than the Yukon and Canada since it’s of world significance. The planning commission’s plan shows that.

The Yukon Party plan shows otherwise. Which plan uses the correct scale to weigh economic development and conservation?

The commission’s seven years of consideration and public discussions found conservation had to be heavily weighted.

Yukoners in the Yukon Party’s consultation said so too, as did First Nations.

Despite that there’s never been a mine in the Peel and the only resource extraction has been from investors’ wallets, the Yukon Party says unfettered access is essential to get “balance.”

Given the remoteness of the Peel, the commodities slump, the evaporation of resource capital and lack of any hope a Peel mining project will get a social license to operate, no reasonable person would say there’s potential there. If you take a Peel mineral project to Dragons’ Den’s Kevin O’Leary, he’ll say “Are you crazy, I’ll never get my money back much less make money with that”.

The Yukon Party’s attitude is like the Tea Party Republicans in their opposition to Obamacare. It shut down the U.S. government and did untold economic damage to again fight a battle they already, repeatedly lost. The Yukon Party lost the Peel battle at the commission, again at the public consultation, and there’s a good chance they’ll lose again in court along with losing the tax dollars spent writing and marketing a second plan and litigation.

To twist a rhetorical question by Sarah Palin, “how’s that fight’n and lawyer’n stuff working out”? The answer is: not well.

After the Ross River staking fiasco, the White River exploration rejection and the Carmacks agricultural lease case, the Yukon Party may try finding some common ground.

Our economy is running fine without the Peel. In this low commodity cycle, there’s nothing gained by causing investors uncertainty with litigation and damaged First Nation relations. There’s Yukon mineral projects with more favourable locations and proven economic feasibility struggling for capital.

How do Yukon Party-created problems help them attract investment and achieve wealth creation?

And that “balanced” the Yukon Party government is marketing – read the fine print in the Yukon Party plan. No area is protected, since roads are allowed everywhere and to cross rivers to access claims.

Skeeter Wright


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Calvin Delwisch poses for a photo inside his DIY sauna at Marsh Lake on Feb. 18.
Yukoners turning up the heat with unique DIY sauna builds

Do-it-yourselfers say a sauna built with salvaged materials is a great winter project

Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Council of Yukon First Nations grand chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. Johnston and Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced changes to the implementation of the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Third phase added to procurement policy implementation

Additional time added to prep for two provisions

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

Most Read